How to install Thunderbird on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Thunderbird on your Chromebook. Thunderbird is a powerful, open-source email client developed by Mozilla, offering a robust set of features for managing multiple email accounts, calendars, and more.

Why Install Thunderbird on Your Chromebook?

While Chromebooks come with a web-based email interface, many users prefer the functionality and offline capabilities of a dedicated email client. Thunderbird offers several advantages:

  • Manage multiple email accounts in one place
  • Work offline and sync when you're back online
  • Robust spam filtering and security features
  • Customizable interface with add-ons and themes


Before we begin, ensure that your Chromebook supports Linux apps (Crostini). Most modern Chromebooks do, but if you're unsure, you can check our list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Follow these steps to install Thunderbird on your Chromebook:

1. Enable Linux Apps on Your Chromebook

If you haven't already enabled Linux apps on your Chromebook, you'll need to do so first:

  1. Go to your Chromebook's Settings
  2. Click on the "Advanced" section in the left panel
  3. Select the "Developers" section
  4. Turn on the "Linux development environment" option

This process may take a few minutes to complete.

2. Install Thunderbird

Once Linux apps are enabled, open the Linux terminal and run the following commands:

1) sudo apt update
2) sudo apt install thunderbird

These commands will update your package list and then install Thunderbird. The installation may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection speed.

3. Launch Thunderbird

After the installation is complete, you can launch Thunderbird from your app drawer. Look for the Thunderbird icon among your Linux apps.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, please refer to the following video tutorial:

Additional Resources

To further assist you in this process, we've prepared a Google Doc with detailed instructions that you can refer to during the installation process.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, try the following:

  • Ensure your Chromebook is up to date
  • Restart your Chromebook and try the installation again
  • Check your internet connection
  • If the problem persists, leave a comment on our YouTube video, and we'll be happy to assist you

Exploring Thunderbird

Once you've successfully installed Thunderbird, take some time to explore its features. Set up your email accounts, customize your layout, and consider installing some add-ons to enhance your experience. Thunderbird's flexibility is one of its greatest strengths, allowing you to tailor it to your specific needs.


Installing Thunderbird on your Chromebook can significantly enhance your email management capabilities. With its robust features and customization options, it's an excellent choice for users who need more than what web-based email clients typically offer.

For more information about Thunderbird, visit the official Thunderbird website.

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